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Institute of Building visit Peterborough ERF

08th October 2014

Today (9 October), Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) hosted 20 representatives from the Chartered Institute of Building for a presentation and tour of the construction site.

The event involved talks from Paul Rowland, Regional Manager for Viridor, David Hutchinson of Fichtner Consulting Engineers and Rod Reeves of Interserve. The presenters gave the visitors a technical overview of the project to date, as well as a summary of Viridor’s history and partnership with Peterborough City Council.

The visitors were also given the opportunity to see a 3D model of the ERF. The group were then given a tour of the facility, to see for themselves the topics that had just been discussed.

Patrick Burke, committee member of the Greater Peterborough Centre of The Chartered Institute of Building, commented: “The response from all those attending was that the presentation and tour were extremely interesting, both from a construction and engineering perspective, as well as from a local and environmental perspective of finding out what is happening to our waste and the future of energy from waste technology.”

On completion it will be one of the most efficient plants of its kind in the UK. Over the last 12 months, a lot of progress has happened on site. The project remains on schedule and the site has been recognised as outstanding for the safety, communication with the local community and presentation of the site by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Once operational late in 2015, the plant will produce 7.25MW of electricity – equivalent to that required by around 15% of homes in Peterborough. Around 95% of the waste delivered to the plant will be diverted from landfill – with the environmental and economic benefits associated for the council and therefore local people.

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